Nikaah is a 1982
Bollywood Hindi/Urdu film produced and directed by B. R. Chopra. The film
stars Raj Babbar, Deepak Parashar and Salma Agha in her Bollywood movie debut
role. The film also had Asrani and Iftekhar in supporting roles. The film's
music was composed by Ravi and was a huge hit. The original name of the movie
was Talaq Talaq Talaq, but was renamed Nikaah on the insistence of Islamic
clerics. The film won Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue and Filmfare Award for
Best Female Playback Singer in 1983. It was declared 'Blockbuster' at the Box
In Nikaah, B.R Chopra
makes a social comment on the sharia laws of divorce (Talaq) and its misuse
in Indian Muslim society.
The film is set in
Hyderabad, Deccan. Haider (Raj Babbar) and Nilofar (Salma Agha) are student
in the Osmania University. Haider, an aspiring poet, falls in love with
Nilofar without knowing she is already engaged to Wasim (Deepak Parashar),
who is a Nawab. Nilofar and Wasim are engaged and they eventually marry.
Meanwhile, Haider becomes a successful poet and editor of a magazine.
After marriage it turns
out that Wasim is a workaholic and also have the tendency of picking up
fights in petty issues. During their honeymoon, Wasim gets a new business
contract and spends most of his time at work. Nilofer, who was expecting a
happy married life is disappointed and feels neglected and lonely. Wasim
repeatedly fails to keep her promises to Nilofer and keeps her in waiting on
numerous occasions, often leaving her in tears. On the occasion of their
first wedding anniversary Wasim and Nilofar arrange a party for which Wasim
fails to turn up. Nilofar can't face the questions of the guests and retires
to her bedroom. The guests are insulted by the absence of the hosts and leave
the party. This leads to a heated argument between the couple and in a moment
of rage Wasim divorces Nilofar by saying Talaq three times, without
fulfilling other conditions required by sharia laws to perform this (which
was a usual practice in Indian Muslim society in those times).